Collection OMO-276003 - Oliver Moran Song Manuscripts

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Oliver Moran Song Manuscripts


  • mid 20th cent. (Creation)

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3 manuscripts

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Name of creator

(1 January 1933-27 May 2017)

Biographical history

John Oliver Moran (1 January 1933–27 May 2017) was born in Killarney and grew up in Cahirsiveen. His father was chief veterinary officer for Munster. Oliver qualified as a solicitor, worked in Rhodesia, returned to Ireland and worked there as a qualified town planner. He was the youngest of a singing family of five, but didn't play an instrument. He was unmarried.

Archival history

Three song manuscripts which belonged to John Oliver Moran (known as Oliver), uncle of Ailish Finnegan (née Moran), who is the source of the information given here. Nicholas Carolan met her with Terry & Pascale Moylan (to whom she had first given the manuscripts) in Cumiskey's pub, Broadstone, Dublin, on 28 October 2019. The digitisation of the manuscripts was carried out by Terry and donated to ITMA on a memory stick.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to ITMA by Ailish Finnegan, niece of John Oliver Moran per Terry Moylan October 2019.

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Scope and content

The three songbooks for the most part contain a variety of Irish popular songs in the English language. Songbook A also contains some poetry and extracts from Shakespearean plays. There are two handwritings in the manuscripts. The smaller, more pointed, less round, is that of Oliver Moran. The other may be that of Peter O'Hare whose name is in one of the manuscripts, but nothing is known of him. There is some other biographical information in the manuscripts.

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The collection contains three items (songbooks) which have been labelled as songbook A, B, and C by Terry Moylan.

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  • English

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Very good

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  • Box: Prints Room. Manuscript Collections. Box (19)